With August nearly done and a new school year begun, I keep expecting a shift to occur. You know, those subtle changes that come with the changing of seasons. The air gets a little crisper in the early morning hours. The light begins to change and long shadows fall a little earlier. Mother Nature hints that autumn is finally making his way around. In the desert, it is a very subtle shift, nearly imperceptible. But you can feel it, if you’re paying attention. And I, for one, have been attentively and not-so-patiently awaiting that shift. Unfortunately, Mama Nature’s not quite ready to indulge, so summer is still very much in full swing in these parts. C’mon, Summer. Cool it!
At the last minute, my hubby and I decided to take a break from the everyday and indulge in (what seems to be turning into an annual thing) an adventure of a different sort…Las Vegas…Star Trek convention. Yes. That’s what I said. And while we were there, we experienced quite a few fun Trekkie moments. But my favorite was this…Teacher got herself a new lunchbox!
My hubby and I have logged quite a bit of trail time over the years. At this point in our bag-packing lives, we are finding it more and more difficult to tolerate the typical trail food. We’ve had more than our fill of dehydrated meals and packaged energy bars! So, lately I have been trying to find fresher, tastier, homemade alternatives to fuel our backcountry adventures.
This is the time of year when I begin to feel the welcomed shift from my hectic springtime schedule to the much more relaxed bustle of spontaneous summertime activities. School is out and the kiddos are off to play for the summer. Year-end teaching tasks and deadlines give way to crafty pursuits and trip planning. The days are getting longer and the temperature is quickly warming up. During this time of year raw veggie meals and cold blender treats are much preferred to cooking over a hot stove! So, I spent my first official summer weekend sleeping late, keeping house and stirring up something sweet to celebrate summer’s arrival.
In this household, we do not get older, we simply get a little less young. My hubby is adamant about this. Yesterday was his birthday and it’s always a challenge to come up with gift ideas for this boy. But the one thing he always seems to appreciate is good food. And since he truly is something to celebrate, I thought he deserved some special superfood treatment!
My hubby and I love exploring together, whether it be mountain trails, desert dunes or superfoods. Lately we have been enjoying our time perusing vegan/superfood cookbooks and planning meals together as we make efforts to alkalize, vegefy and up the raw factor in our diets. One of my favorite cookbooks is Superfood Kitchen by Julie Morris. My copy is actually her original edition titled Superfood Cuisine. It’s my comfort book. I feel healthier just looking at the beautiful photos of her superfood creations! So, when her Superfood Smoothies book came out, my thoughtful husband ordered a copy for me right away.
I got this beautiful bunch of crazy chamomile in my produce box a couple weeks ago. It had so much personality, blooms pointing this way and that, like something from a Dr. Seuss book. Sometimes we get things and I think, “Oh! Look at this lovely gift from nature…I have no idea what to do with it!”. I enjoy being creative with my food and I am always looking for new and interesting ways of using new and interesting foods. However, I am ashamed to admit that sometimes those random, out of the ordinary, organics go to waste in this busy household.
This dried berry mix is one of my favorite superfood treats. On their own, they each possess their own unique set of superpowers and together, they make one terrific trio! I love the way the super sweet mulberry contradicts the pucker power of the goldenberry and that mellow goji guy just brings them all together. Goji berries have a permanent (and easily accessible) position on our kitchen counter and we always have a steady supply on hand. The goldenberries…well, they are tart little buggers, so a little goes a long way. They tend to last a while. The mulberries on the other hand, they are like gold in this household! Whoever gets to the bag first strikes it rich. They are gone in a flash and there is no mercy, where those guys are concerned. Unfortunately, it can be pretty pricey to keep a supply on hand, so we do try our best to conserve. I consider it a treat to indulge in an extra bag of these dried white Turkish delights and this weekend I felt like treating myself. Since I had the bag in my possession I decided to make the best of it and prepare an array of superfruit goodies. Superberry Sunday, it is.
One thing I am always in search of is a good energy bar. After so many years of trail time, my husband and I have had our fill of the packaged energy/protein/power bar. We are always on the hunt for new recipes for homemade bars packing some sort of super-nutrient punch. Today I had a hankering for some of these Chocolate Energy Bars. They are perfect for a long day on the trail or a day at the crags. Make them into mini bites and they are just the sweet thing to top off a healthy lunch during a long work day or a little pick-me-up any old time. These bars are so yummy and very satisfying. I thought I might need a little bit of this goodness to get me through the coming week.
When I was a young child I thought a vegetarian was someone who ate a lot of vegetables. I once informed my best friend’s mom that I was a vegetarian. I was baffled, not to mention disappointed, when she announced that she could no longer feed me hot dogs because I was a vegetarian. I was not, in fact, a vegetarian, but we did eat a lot of vegetables in my household. As much as I loved my veggies, there were two things I absolutely hated: spinach and beets.